Outer Spaces: Creative Outdoor Wedding Decor

Inspiration for your warm weather wedding
From: Spring/Summer 2015 edition

A Memorable Meal (above)

A Memorable Meal
Design McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design
Venue Lakewold Gardens
The couple wanted a romantic and enchanting wedding, which inspired Seattle-based floral and event designer McKenzie Powell to create a dreamy and sophisticated table, in simple European-inspired style, for the post-ceremony meal under a lush wisteria arbor. “I stuck to neutrals in various shades of ivory, gray and dusty blue,” says Powell, who incorporated pillar and votive candles alongside a cascade of lush, wild flowers down the length of each table. Accents of fruit in the form of figs, elderberries and blueberries were displayed in small dishes as the holders for the table numbers and guests’ names were written in calligraphy on tags that were then tied to each napkin with smoky-colored silk ribbon.
Photographed by Tec Petaj

Design: McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design

Venue: Lakewold Gardens

The couple wanted a romantic and enchanting wedding, which inspired Seattle-based floral and event designer McKenzie Powell to create a dreamy and sophisticated table, in simple European-inspired style, for the post-ceremony meal under a lush wisteria arbor. “I stuck to neutrals in various shades of ivory, gray and dusty blue,” says Powell, who incorporated pillar and votive candles alongside a cascade of lush, wild flowers down the length of each table. Accents of fruit in the form of figs, elderberries and blueberries were displayed in small dishes as the holders for the table numbers and guests’ names were written in calligraphy on tags that were then tied to each napkin with smoky-colored silk ribbon.

Photographed by Tec Petaja

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Fire Starter (above)

Design: The bride, with Katie Pitchford of Valley & Co. 

Venue: DeLille Cellars

“I’ve been slightly obsessed with fireplace mantels, ever since I can remember,” says bride Samna Chheng-Mikula. “Growing up, my family didn’t have one in our home, and I considered this a Christmas tragedy. To my knowledge, there has never been a Christmas poem that goes, ‘And the stockings were hung by the radiator with care.’” Once the wedding planning started for her summer 2014 wedding to now-husband John Chheng-Mikula, the bride set out to find a vintage fireplace mantel to turn into an altar. After coming up empty-handed, the enterprising bride made one herself, for less than $70, out of cedar fencing and crackle paint, used for patina. The couple, both bibliophiles, added their own vintage books, antique crystal vases (filled with arrangements by Molly Snowden of Metropolitan Market Floral Department) and silver candleholders to the vignette. The groom and his men put up the altar and arranged the wood and day-of-coordinator Katie Pitchford of Seattle’s Valley & Co. pulled it all together by arranging the flowers and the books.

Photographed by Shane Macomber

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Child’s Play

Design: DIY 

Venue: Mountain Springs Lodge

The bride used cushions and chairs from her mom’s house and gussied up a dresser found free by the side of the road for a homemade photo booth station at her fun-loving summer wedding in Leavenworth. The vibe was relaxed and comfortable, with lots of room for guests, of all ages, to enjoy themselves. Light poles from the venue, draped with fabric ribbon banner, were used as a backdrop for the photo booth and the dresser was stuffed with props. Colson Struss, Maison Marlin, Colton Kuhn and Ethan Flansburg get in on the fun.

Photographed by Jacquelynn Brynn

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Color Pop

Design: Daniela Ferdico of Bella Signature Design

Venue: Private home

Veteran floral and event designer Daniela Ferdico of Sodo-based Bella Signature Design and Bella Vessel vase and decor rental used geometric shapes and bright colors for her summer wedding, as well as for a vignette she created for a feature on tabletop decor in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Seattle Bride. “I love the juxtaposition of modern but lush decor in a setting where you least expect it,” she says. “I had an idea that I wanted to use these colors and shapes for my wedding when I was playing with ideas for the shoot, so they both inspired one another.” Ferdico tapped fellow wedding professional Pedersens Rentals to complete her hip and flashy look.

Photographed by Alante Photography

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Chalk it Up  

Design: Loreen Jenkins of True Expressions  

Venue: Private home on Lake Chelan

With the help of event planner Loreen Jenkins of Chelan-based True Expressions Wedding & Event Planning, groom Greg Morris co-opted the arrow and oar motif that his wife, Heather, chose for their wedding logo as a surprise for her during their lakeside nuptials. Greg’s talented 11-year-old nephew Tyler Doyle re-created it in chalk on the long dock that served as their aisle, working for days to perfect it and to present his uncle and new aunt with his best work. The couple’s event designer and florist, Lynn Tuttle of Lake Chelan’s Fleur de lis Floral & Event Design, created the arch using a cascade of sprengeri fern, plumosa, seeded eucalyptus and blooms that included La Perla roses, dahlias, rice flowers, cymbidium orchids and hanging amaranthus to dramatic effect.

Photographed by Ben & Molly Nickles

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Orange You Glad  

Design: DIY  

Venue: Private residence

The colors of their dinner—a crab boil—informed the rest of Kara and Casey Osman’s wedding. The vibrant orange and complementary neutral gray color scheme was echoed throughout the event with the addition of galvanized steel accents and polka dots. Large lanterns hung over the bar—custom made by the groom—with furniture borrowed from a friend. A bin of inexpensive gray patterned blankets from Ikea, wrapped in orange ribbons, were a hit among guests.

Photographed by Irene Jones

hoptoit

Hop to It 

Design: Steve and Jamie Moore of Sinclair & Moore Events

Venue: Roche Harbor Resort

The couple gave Seattle-based event and floral designers Steve and Jamie Moore the task of creating a casual yet elegant affair incorporating natural tones and textures with pops of color. The result was a simple yet stunning, display of verdant hop garlands and suspended glass votive candle holders to add ambiance as the daylight faded.

Photographed by Michèle M. Waite

bringonthenight

Bring on the Night

Design: Jackie Grotle of Event Success

Venue: Bloedel Reserve

While the rustic, vintage look is still all the rage in the wedding world, this summer event at the historic Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island proves that wedding decor can be sleek and modern while comfortable and inviting. Event planner Jacky Grotle of Woodinville’s Event Success used sleek and modern furniture in soft gray and white (from Rented Elegance) with accents of fern and moss greens, to contrast with the French chateau-inspired home and lush greenery of mature, towering elm trees. The chaise longue, chairs and couch provided ample conversation space for guests near the tent, from AA Party Rentals (and uplit by Seattle Parties) bathed in the warm glow of the former home turned visitors center and the magical moon overhead.

Photographed by The Popes